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Req ID: 109148

Location: Central Zone

Company: NSHA

Department : RSH Research Innovation Business Develop

Type of Employment: Permanent Hourly FT (100% FTE) x 1 position(s)

Union Status: Management/Non Union MGMT/NON-Union

Posting Closing Date: 8-Apr-21

Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM on the Closing Date.

Nova Scotia Health Authority is the largest provider of health services in Nova Scotia. We are over 22,000 employees who provide health care and support services in hospitals, health centres and community-based programs throughout Nova Scotia.

Nova Scotia Health Authority provides health services to Nova Scotians and some specialized services to Maritimers and Atlantic Canadians. We operate hospitals, health centres and community-based programs across the province. Our team of health professionals includes employees, doctors, researchers, learners and volunteers that provide the health care or services you may need. This is accomplished across four geographic management zones which are responsible for the operation of acute care health centres and the provision of a variety of inpatient, outpatient services including academic, tertiary, quaternary care and community based programs and services including continuing care, primary health care, public health, and mental health and addictions.


Reporting to the Senior Director Innovation, the Director Business Development is responsible for Research and Innovation business development in the context of Nova Scotia Health's strategic research plan. The Director will work closely with the Vice President, Senior Director Innovation, Senior Director Research and management of Research and Innovation. In collaboration with leaders, the Director will provide a range of services to achieve key investor relations goals, including effective messaging and positioning, enhancing visibility, improving institutional ownership and developing good guidance practices. This experienced, business development leader has administrative authority in order to meet established accountabilities. The Director is an engaged, inclusive leader and mentor responsible for assuring the provision of effective, high-quality research and encompassing multiple responsibilities which include operational and strategic oversight of the business of Research and Innovation. The Director will be able to identify opportunities for improvements and work closely with a dedicated group of professionals to develop strategy to achieve goals. The position requires a combination of an understanding of research opportunities and business acumen. The Director must be able to build external relationships with industry and government, particularly those elements of government responsible for economic development. It also requires the ability to build partnerships between research groups and clinical service units, and between Nova Scotia Health and its other academic partners. The Director will promote an innovative and entrepreneurial culture among NS Health ecosystem. The Director will also lead the development of industry partnerships to expand commercialization opportunities and further research. The Director will be responsible to provide advice and support for the activities of the Senior Director Innovation that are connected to the wider mandate as a member of the Research and Innovation's Team. Results driven with the ability to take initiative as needed, the Director must be able to balance multiple competing priorities while motivating team members.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Develop and implement an ongoing strategy for the identification, prospecting, and management of external partners that will lead to research and innovation opportunities in collaboration with Nova Scotia Health researchers and innovators
  • Serve as a primary contact for inquiries regarding research partnerships, access to clinical centres, institutes and programs, connections to clinicall expertise, facilities and equipment.
  • Identify, build, develop, and manage a robust short- and long-term portfolio of potential internal and external partners in the research and innovation ecosystem.
  • Actively engage with Nova Scotia Health researchers and innovators to develop a deep understanding of the expertise at Nova Scotia Health. Proactively match companies to priorities, researcher expertise, and funding programs.
  • Study, monitor, and keep up to date with market and research developments, new agencies, new government programs, and other relevant areas.


  • Masters with an emphasis on business acumen
  • Graduation with a degree from a recognized post-secondary institution
  • A minimum of five years' experience working within public, private and academic sectors;
  • Experience in business development, planning and budget management;
  • Experience in leading the conceptualization, development, and implementation of industry and community engagement, strategies and approaches;
  • Experience in evaluating, maintaining and growing a portfolio of innovations of commercially relevant technologies and associated intellectual property to commercial application through meaningful partnerships with the private sector and/or the creation of new start-up companies.
  • Ability to identify, develop and negotiate innovative technologies, partnerships, strategic alliances and relationships with support from private and public sectors.
  • Experience in managing business contracts, license agreements and intelligence gathering (e.g., technology and market assessments);
  • Experience in managing human, financial and material resources (including supervising multiple direct reports);
  • Excellent communication skills, including the ability to address a large audience and work one on one with researchers, with groups of scientists and industry business people will be considered an asset.;
  • Experience in marketing research activities, technologies and expertise both internally and externally
  • Experience in negotiating and acquiring funding to advance research through to commercialization e.g. Proof of Concept, prototyping etc);
  • The candidate will demonstrate a strong understanding of research, technology, intellectual property, business and marketing in leading and implementing operational processes, proposals and/or policies;
  • The candidate will demonstrate exceptional interpersonal skills to effectively build relationships and interact with all clients in scope and to build engagement among peers and business leaders to support new strategies and change management.
  • Successful Applicants are required to provide a criminal record check (including Vulnerable Sector Search) to People Services before starting employment and assume any associated costs as a condition of employment
  • PLEASE NOTE: Applicants relying on education and experience equivalencies must clearly state such equivalencies in their cover letter, resume, or application. Additionally, candidates will not be considered for an interview if applications are incomplete or are missing information.

Hours of Work

Permanent, full-time position, 75 hrs bi-weekly

Beginning May 10, 2021 (date subject to change)

Salary Information

Salary currently being evaluated

Thank you for your interest in this position. Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. Typically interviews are held within three to four weeks of the closing date.

Successful external applicants will be required to submit the below documents and assume any associated costs as a condition of employment. Additional documentation such as banking & proof of identity will be included in your offer letter.

  • Criminal Record Check
  • Proof of education & training certifications
  • Proof of any additional required qualification
  • Valid registration with the relevant licensing body
  • Submission of immunization record along with health assessment documentation
  • Proof of SIN number

Hiring Process will depend on the timeliness of delivering the above. This is a Management/Non Union bargaining unit

  • MGMT/NON-Union position. Preference is given to bargaining unit employees for unionized positions. Nova Scotia Health Authority is proud to provide a smoke free and scent free environment. Only online applications are accepted.

Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) is committed to being a workforce that is free of discrimination, values diversity and is representative, at all job levels, of the people we serve. Our priority groups are Aboriginal People, African Nova Scotians, Persons with Disabilities and Recent Immigrants. Members of these groups are welcome to apply and self-identify if they wish to be considered under our Employment Equity policy.

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